GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer

 

In order to obtain an FCC GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer license + ship radar endorsement, you will have to pass the commercial radio service written license exams for elements 1, 3, 7, 8, and 9.

NOTE:  If you are going to be a GMDSS watch stander aboard a vessel required to have GMDSS,  you will also need a U. S. Coast Guard STCW GMDSS certification.  Certification is obtained by attending a U. S. Coast Guard approved course of instruction.  Typical courses are 70-hours in length.  A list of approved training organizations can be obtained from the U. S. Coast Guard.

Table-1 shows the number of exam questions on each element exam and the number of correct answers required to pass each element.

Table-1

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The tables below list  the subelements in each element, the number of questions in each subelement, and the number of exam questions  taken from each subelement.  Do NOT attempt to memorize answers based on the way they appear in the FCC question pools.  The questions and answer choices may be shuffled on the exams.

 Table-2 (Element 1)

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Table-3 (Element 3)

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Table-4 (Element 7)

There are 100 topics represented in the element 7 question pool with 6 questions associated with each topic for a total of 600 questions.  The element 7 license exam is comprised of one question randomly drawn from each topic for a total of 100 questions.

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Table-5 (Element 8)

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Table-6 (Element 9)

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SELF-STUDY PROGRAM

Step 1.  Complete the NC4FB Commercial Element 1 Self-Study program at the link below.  When you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the sample element 1 exams proceed to Step 2.

element 1 self-study program

Step 2.  Complete the NC4FB Commercial Element 3 Self-Study program at the link below.  When you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the sample element 3 exams proceed to Step 3.

element 3 self-study program

Step 3.  Complete the NC4FB Commercial Element 7 Self-Study program at the link below.  When you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the sample element 7 exams proceed to Step 4.

element 7 self-study program

Step 4.  Complete the NC4FB Commercial Element 8 Self-Study program at the link below.  When you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the sample element 8 exams proceed to Step 5.

element 8 self-study program

Step 5.  Complete the appropriate NC4FB Commercial Element 9 Self-Study program at the link below.  When you are consistently scoring 85 or higher on the sample element 9 exams proceed to Step 6.

element 9 self-study program

Step 6. You’re ready to take the exams for GMDSS Operator/Maintainer + ship radar endorsement!  Use the link below to locate a COLEM in your area to administer the exams and process your license application.

locate a COLEM in your area

 

1 Response to “GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer”


  • Great site!  This system – taking the sample tests and concentrating upon the ones missed works.  i was able to get the GMDSS Operator/Maintainer ticket the first go around with scores on Elements 7 and 9 in the mid 90's. Follow the instructions and be disciplined about it, and it will be yours!

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